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Welcome to Camp Safe Haven

A place to help children, teens and famlies understand their feelings of loss and find peace.

Camp Safe Haven


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Welcome to Camp Safe Haven!

Haven Hospice offers camps for children, teens and families who have lost a loved one. Children and teens suffering the loss of a close family member or loved one can often benefit from the development of coping skills to better handle their emotions. Supported by Haven’s staff of professionals and volunteers for over 15 years,Camp Safe Haven provides children, teens and families with fun and therapeutic activities to help them work through their feelings of grief.

Encouragement, Empowerment, Enlightenment

Camp Safe Haven is free and open to any child, teen or family who has
experienced the loss of a loved one through death. The loved one did not
have to be cared for by Haven Hospice in order for attendees to participate in the program. Attendance at camp will give participants the tools they need to acknowledge that a change in their life has occurred, to accept that change and to make adjustments. Achieving this level of understanding is a three-step approach:

♥ Encouraging participants to deal with their feelings of loss.
♥ Empowering participants to learn how to manage those feelings.
♥ Enlightening participants with the understanding that grieving is a natural
   process and it’s okay to feel sad and to express their feelings.

Day Camp (for children 6-12)

A day at Camp Safe Haven starts with big smiles, welcoming hugs, free t-shirts and hands-on sessions to help the children join in and express themselves and cope with their feelings. There are plenty of snacks, a nutritious lunch, and light and lively activities to reassure the children that it’s okay to grieve and still have fun. Throughout the day, children participate in sessions to help them understand and manage their feelings. At the end of the day, children can take a moment to love, honor and remember their loved ones.

Sunday, May 15, 2016
9 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Camp Kulaqua
23400 Northwest 212 Ave., High Springs, FL

Saturday, November 5, 2016
9 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Shepherd of the Woods Lutheran Church,
6595 Columbia Park Ct., Jacksonville, FL

Family Camp

The loss of a loved one impacts each griever individually and as a family member. Family Camp includes the same activities as Day Camp, with additional opportunities for support that helps the family as a whole deal with feelings of loss and sadness.

Saturday, August 6, 2016
9 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Shepherd of the Woods Lutheran Church,
6595 Columbia Park Ct, Jacksonville, FL


Adult Retreat

A retreat for adults who have experienced a loss. This is a time for adults to come together to explore coping strategies and enjoy a day full of fun.

Saturday, April 16, 2016
9 a.m. until 7 p.m.
Haven Hospice North Building

4305 NW 90th Blvd., Gainesville, FL

Saturday, September 17, 2016

9 a.m. until 7 p.m.
Haven Hospice Custead Care Center
741 Blanding Blvd., Orange Park, FL

Overnight Camp (for teens)

Staying two exciting nights at Camp Immokalee affords teen campers the opportunity to form lasting friendships with others who have lost a loved one. In addition to sports events such as climbing, swimming, and fitness exercises, campers will engage in group activities to understand their grief and to memorialize their loved ones. Space is limited, so register early! Teens participating in camp will need to bring:

  • Twin-size linens or a sleeping bag
  • Pillow
  • Toiletries
  • Towels
  • Personal items
  • Clothes for Saturday and Sunday
  • Swimsuit

For overnight camp, a $35 deposit is required for registration, and the full amount will be refunded upon arrival at camp.

Friday, February 26, 2016, 6 p.m. until
Sunday, February 28, 2016, 11 a.m.
YMCA Camp Immokalee
6765 Immokalee Road, Keystone Heights, FL



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If you have any questions, please contact Vonceil Levine, MSW at or Marissa McGehe, MSW at or call 800.727.1889.

Haven Hospice
Phone: 800-727-1889